Soccer stars head overseas

STARS: Steel United players Emily Todd and Oscar Elmslie have been chosen to play overseas in Fiji and Singapore respectively.
STARS: Steel United players Emily Todd and Oscar Elmslie have been chosen to play overseas in Fiji and Singapore respectively.

Two young local soccer stars are taking their talents overseas to compete against teams from around the world.

Steel United players Emily Todd, 13, and Oscar Elmslie, 13 will be traveling to Fiji and Singapore respectively to play in tournaments later this year.

Both of them have been playing at the top level locally despite being young. Emily has played as high as B Grade while being a mentor to the young girls who play in Steel United's Under 13 female team, Girls of Steel.

"Most of the girls look up to me so I like to help them out," she said.

Emily plays in the backline, regularly taking the role of sweeper to lead the defence. She is a passionate leader who displays her leadership qualities on the field.

Emily was also chosen as captain of Under 13 Whyalla girls select team, which recently competed at a state level in Adelaide and will do so again in September.

Emily plays against boys in the Steel United Under 14s and Under 17s and against men in B Grade. She says playing B Grade is challenging but something that she enjoys, having won personal best player awards for her high level of play.

Looking ahead to the 10-day Ultimate Fiji Soccer Cup in November, Emily says she is nervous about the trip but looking forward to the challenge of playing at a national level for the South Australian Regional Team.

"I was very excited when I found out I'd been selected," she said.

Emily's ultimate goal is to play for the Matildas, Australia's national female soccer team. Her favourite player is Matildas Captain Sam Kerr.

"That's what I want to work up to," she said.

Meanwhile Oscar has played all the way up to A Grade locally, captaining the Under 14's team and making a name for himself as a strong set piece taker.

"Playing against older opponents in the A Grade is a great challenge," he said.

Oscar said being chosen for the SA team to play in the week-long Singa Cup in November, one of Asia's biggest youth football tournaments, was a 'great opportunity'.

"I'm looking forward to playing against tougher opponents, they'll make the job harder," he said.

"It would be great to get some wins but it's also great just to go down and play. It should be a good experience."

Oscar will be joined by fellow local star Brayden Stewart, who plays for Wanderers Soccer Club, on his trip to Singapore.

If you would like to support Emily and Oscar's goal of playing overseas, then you can reach their GoFundMe pages down below.